Where are the Dolomites located?

This may well be the first question that comes to mind when planning your next hiking experience! The Dolomites are located to the south and to the center-east of the Alps. These are the general coordinates.

N – The northernmost limit of the Dolomites runs along Pustertal between the towns of Mulbach and Innichen. This area is called South Tyrol, or Alto Adige in Italian. This region belongs to Italy but culturally it has remained Austrian, and the language spoken here is German.

E – The easterly limit follows an imaginary line from Innichen to Santo Stefano di Cadore and then on a southerly course along the Piave river to Ponte delle Alpi.

S – The southerly limit of the Dolomites is open to debate. Tradition and culture position it north of Belluno valley which runs from Ponte delle Alpi to Feltre and then along the Valsugana. A stricter interpretation based on geological evidence pushes this boundary further north towards Agordo. It follows a major fault line that crosses rugged mountainous terrain from Agordo to Domegge di Cadore. This view excludes the Schiara group and others from the Dolomites proper.

W -The western limit of the Dolomites roughly follows the Adige river between the cities of Trento and Bolzano (Bozen in German).

How to get there

Venice Marco Polo airport is the closest airport to the gateway of the Dolomites. It is fast becoming an international destination point with direct flights from most European countries, Dubai, Doha, New York, Philadelphia,Toronto and other international locations. Frequent bus service connects it with the Venezia-Mestre train station (35 minute ride depending on traffic) and a not-so-comfy train ride from there lands you in Belluno in two hours. There is a also a twice a day direct shuttle to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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